Wyoming Department of Transportation

Cleanup of US 14 hazardous spill nears completion

Date: 03/04/2010 


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Cleanup of US 14 hazardous spill nears completion

US 14 traffic delays are expected through Thursday, March 4, as workers attempt to finish cleanup work on a hazardous chemical spill in Shell Canyon east of Greybull.

"Cleaning the spill is progressing at a steady, yet slow, pace," said Robin Nichols, Wyoming Department of Transportation district maintenance technician in Basin. "Workers should be completely finished cleaning up the spill by Thursday. Guardrail is scheduled to be installed on Friday."

Nichols said the traffic numbers have been low during the cleanup effort, and drivers are asked to remain patient as the effort continues.

Nichols said the deepest dirt excavation along US 14 was nearly four feet deep and 12 feet in width. "The crew is presently working on the portion of the spill that is about 150 feet off the side of the highway. It takes about 40 to 50 minutes to lower the sled into the ravine, fill it with material, and winch it back up to the road to unload it," he said.

Nichols expects most of Thursday's work to focus to cleaning up the area following dirt excavation and compacting activities.

A Feb. 19 tractor trailer rollover in Shell Canyon, about 10 miles east of Shell, spilled the silicon-based chemical xiameter, and the spill resulted in the closure of the highway between Big Horn and Sheridan counties. About 1,200 gallons of the chemical spilled after five of the 15 containers being hauled by the truck were breached when the truck crashed.

The crash occurred about 5 p.m. Feb. 19. US 14 reopened about 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

The driver of the truck, 44-year-old Donald Slayton of Rineville, Kentucky, was transported to Midway Clinic between Basin and Greybull. Slayton was treated and released with minor injuries. Slayton was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred.

Slayton was cited for failure to maintain his vehicle within a single lane of travel.

MEDIA: For questions about this news release, contact Cody Beers, WYDOT District 5 public involvement specialist, 856-1341. 

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